Two thousand Syrian refugees have been granted temporary asylum in Russia since the armed conflict began in their country, Nikolai Smorodin, the deputy chief of the Russian Federal Migration Service (FMS) said.
"Today, there are around 12,000 Syrians in Russia, which is 0.1% of all foreigners staying in Russia. Of these, 2,000 people were granted temporary asylum, 2,666 formally allowed to reside here temporarily, and 2,029 obtained a residence permit. Nearly 5,000 have registered themselves with the migration authorities," the official told Interfax on Sept.4.
He dismissed the allegations by Civil Assistance campaigners that the FMS has been denying temporary asylum to Syrian refugees.
"The FMS has started to deny asylum grants and extensions to Syrians despite the UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) publishing an updated recommendation in 2014 against sending Syrians back not only to their home country but also to Syria's neighbors which have already taken in millions of Syrian refugees," Civil Assistance committee head Svetlana Gannushkin said in an annual report.
The FMS had denied earlier that the Syrian refugees in Russia numbered many thousands. According to the migration agency, most asylum applicants are married to Russian citizens who returned to Russia after the armed conflict began in Syria.
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